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Vear
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Post by Vear » Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:51 am

Awesome shit man, really strong work! and great style too.
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Mike Laughead
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Post by Mike Laughead » Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:49 pm

Some recent work:
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Spot for Good Housekeeping. The article is about which
technological gadgets are appropriate for children as they grow up.

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This is a small illustration for The Friend magazine.

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For the "events" section of The Pitch. I really liked messing around with the halftone dots. I'm not sure which color scheme was actually printed.

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Panels from a story for Nelson Education. The story is supposed to be totally over the top and this part covers much of the chaos.

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For an article in Insight magazine about the dietary practices of 7th Day Adventists (Insight is an Adventist magazine for teens).
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Post by MG » Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:47 pm

awesome work man! I like the guitar hero one a lot. and that dinosaur one for The Pitch.

Noob question: how do you do the halftone dots?

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Post by squirpy » Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:29 am

That guitar hero one is great!
I keep a sketchblog here

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Post by Mike Laughead » Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:30 am

I use photoshop and I get the halftone dots this way:

1. I crate a gradient in the shape I want on a separate layer.
2. I copy and paste that layer in a new file.
3. I convert the file mode to grayscale.
4. I then convert the file mode to bitmap.
5. The default is set to 50% threshold, but there are options. I choose the halftone option.
6. Once I have the halftone I convert it back to grayscale mode.
7. I then get rid of the white pixels using the method outlined here: http://scottefranson.blogspot.com/2007/ ... -line.html
8. I then copy and paste the halftone into the original file.
9. Locking the pixels on that layer makes it easy to color.

Does that make sense? I think I should have an online demo.
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Post by Mike Laughead » Fri Sep 12, 2008 5:49 pm

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Doesn't "Nighttime" seem like it should only have one "T" in the middle? Anyway, here are the first two covers for a series of books by Todd Strasser. Each book contains short "spooky" stories meant for the age group a little under the "Goosebumps" group.
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Post by Breadwig » Sun Sep 14, 2008 2:13 pm

I really like those covers a lot. What a great skeleton character, I love how he's sitting on the porch. Nice color palettes too.

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Post by Mike Laughead » Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:47 am

Just some more work.
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3rd Nighttime cover. This is as far as the series is going for now. I can't wait to see these in the bookstore. This is my favorite of the 3. Anyone think one of the others is better?

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This is a spread for Insight Magazine. I don't get to read the articles so I'm not 100% sure what this one is about. But I do know that the gorilla is very pious.

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I was recently asked to do a Madman commission. (If you are interested in a commission, I charge $50 for an original ink drawing.) I also colored this one for fun.
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